Rooftop Revelry!

Last Friday (the 13th, no less!), Larry & I had our first party at the ol’ awesome homestead.  We basically ended up preparing for it the few weeks leading up to it, spending probably way too much money on it.  Yet it was all worth it.  It came about because of some work friends who basically told me to put up or shut up about having people over.  A date was chosen (no kidding, I think we chose it back in the beginning of May) and I took it as an opportunity to really make it an event.  Invited work friends and then of course friends from MHS and UCLA.  Larry created a great hors d’oeuvres-based menu, he made sangria, I made cookies and margaritas, we rented a keg, and we also bought a ton of outdoor lights since it WAS a rooftop party.

Flash forward to a few days before and Larry began cooking and preparing food in earnest.  We stocked up on lots of party-esque stuff at Party City (that store is amazing – you really can get everything for a party there) and the day before, I went to town on cleaning the place up, using my new Dyson (yay!) as well as getting a bucket and sponge and cleaning the hell out of ALL the railings on each level of the unit.  That’s a lot of fucking railings.  Yet it got clean, it rained the night before to wash off any remaining gunk, and then on the day of the party, it was GO! time.  I had Friday off so we could both commit fully to getting the place ready.  We first got some of the food knocked out, including the cookies (which I totally forgot about at the party, so basically those cookies ended up for me, Larry and those who stayed late enough for me to have my memory kick in).  Then it was time to set up the outdoors.  We ended up with a great line of lights all around the top deck, and inspiration hit when Larry wanted to string the bigger bulbs overhead.  We “borrowed” wood from the garage (one of the tenants has stored a shitton of lumber down there – he wouldn’t miss two widdle pieces being gone for a day, would he?) and strung the lights as envisioned.  The outdoor furniture was set up, the music was primed – even the lower levels got their tiki torches and chinese lanterns. A trip to get the small keg of beer (perhaps a bit of overkill, but hey, we were prepared and no bottle trash!) followed and then it was time to ready ourselves for guests!

We both think it was a raging success and the lights at night resulted in quite a magical and fun environment.  It was great to have everyone come over and intermingle, as a lot of the times we keep NBCU, MHS, UCLA and Larry’s friends separate.  Of course our friends all got along wonderfully!  Plenty of alcohol and fantastic food was consumed.  We don’t keep our door unlocked, so there were a lot of stairs for me as I’d go from the roof down three flights to let people in or two flights to go get drink refills.  We’ll have to figure out a smarter way to manage that next time.  Having a party is an exhausting affair, yet so worthwhile.  I think we’ll take a break for a month or so, but our place is definitely perfectly suited for entertaining!

Anyway – here are the pics from the evening.

Rooftop Revelry – July 13, 2012

Before the magic happened
Before the magic happened13-Jul-2012 11:56, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
13-Jul-2012 11:56, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
What, do you need more than two chairs for a party?
What, do you need more than two chairs for a party?13-Jul-2012 11:56, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
 
13-Jul-2012 11:57, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
There's the magic!
There's the magic!13-Jul-2012 12:04, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
13-Jul-2012 12:21, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
 
Larry's fantastic idea for some overhead lights - at night it was amazing
Larry's fantastic idea for some overhead lights - at night it was amazing13-Jul-2012 12:36, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
Our overhead lights are ready
Our overhead lights are ready13-Jul-2012 12:52, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
Deck seating is getting ready
Deck seating is getting ready13-Jul-2012 12:59, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
 
I think we're almost there!
I think we're almost there!13-Jul-2012 14:26, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
13-Jul-2012 14:27, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
13-Jul-2012 14:27, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 
No one's allowed out
No one's allowed out13-Jul-2012 14:27, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
13-Jul-2012 14:27, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
Looking up at the party deck
Looking up at the party deck13-Jul-2012 14:31, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
 

Some other photos from the weekends leading up to the party, with us putting the rooftop and associated decks to the test to ensure that our guests got the best experience possible.  It was all very necessary, especially all the pre-drinking.

Sunday Rooftop Fun – July 8, 2012

08-Jul-2012 15:15, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
08-Jul-2012 15:15, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, ISO 80
08-Jul-2012 15:15, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 
08-Jul-2012 16:39, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
08-Jul-2012 16:40, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 

Yes, you might have seen me shirtless in one of those photos.  One day, if I can keep up with exercising, that will be a happy event.  In the meantime, well, at least I was in the shade, sorta.

Independence Day Drinking and Barbequeing – July 4, 2012

04-Jul-2012 18:31, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 100
04-Jul-2012 17:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 400
04-Jul-2012 17:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
 
04-Jul-2012 17:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
04-Jul-2012 17:11, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
04-Jul-2012 18:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Jul-2012 18:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
04-Jul-2012 18:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 400
 

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